You know something? I just figured out how to pick the historical loser:
He goes on the offensive, decrying how he’s under attack.
Civil War: The South whines about “northern aggression” the whole time it’s racking up huge pro-slavery wins throughout the 1840s and 1850s. (Fugitive Slave Law, Dred Scott, “Squatter’s Sovereignty.”)
WWII: Nazis use France and the Jews as a vindication for their game, get stomped.
Korea: North Koreans use S. Korean dictator as vindication, get stomped, have asses saved at last minute by Chinese.
Vietnam: Same game, only this time after the Tet Offensive, it’s the Democratic Party who makes North Vietnam safe for Communism by refusing to keep arming the South.
Bolivia: Pick one.
Al Quaeda: Butchers everybody in sight in order to “defend Islam” from the west. The West only decides it gives a rat’s ass when the bombs and planes go off, and whip them everywhere they find them.
Arabs against Israel: Pick one.
Mexico: A government so corrupt that its best and bravest would rather risk death in the desert in order to be minor criminals in a northern country where it’s cold, nobody gives a rat’s ass whether you live or die, and they speak a weird language, than continue to stay in a place where you have to pay serious bribes just to get and hold a minimum-wage job. Status: amazingly enough, kinda-sorta growing a middle class as it outgrows the victim rhetoric, pending Chavista revolts in Oaxaca.
Russia: full of grievances, currently selling its women and collapsing demographically…
Iran: full of mullahs, currently selling its women while collapsing demographically…